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photo of library patronsBy Josh McCready, Communications Assistant, BCPL

Personalized help is waiting for customers of the Baltimore County Public Library through the “My Librarian” program. This new program at BCPL allows people to schedule a free 60-minute appointment with a librarian.

Anyone can get help with downloading books, audiobooks and magazines to their mobile device; assistance with job searches, résumés and email setup. They can learn more about the library’s many databases; find out how to do genealogy research; get basic computer help including Microsoft Office; learn how to manage their BCPL account using the library’s mobile app and much more. In order to receive the best possible service, we recommend having a valid Baltimore County Public Library card.

Customers can request an appointment online at www.bcpl.info/mylibrarian  or in person at any of our 19 branches. Once a request has been completed, a librarian will contact the customer within three days to set up an appointment. They may be contacted by phone or email for more information prior to setting up an appointment and to determine whether an appointment is the best option. For quick email or phone questions, we are still encouraging customers to use our Ask a Librarian service (bcpl.libanswers.com).

For more information visit www.bcpl.info/mylibrarian.


photo of gift-wrapped bookLinda Frederick
Marketing & Development Manager
Baltimore County Public Library

The holiday season is fast approaching, and you're most likely in full swing with your holiday shopping. As you think about the perfect gift, a book often seems to be the best alternative, especially for those folks who already have it all. This year, the Baltimore County Public Library has created a list of favorites for everyone on your gift list.

Whether you need a book for a film buff, a romance lover or a teen reader, we have some great suggestions. Check out our hot titles gift guide on the BCPL website or watch our gift guide video featuring BCPL librarians on our YouTube channel. Both have some wonderful suggestions to make gift giving a cinch this holiday season, leaving you with more time for decking the halls and enjoying the merriment. Happy Holidays from your friends at the Baltimore County Public Library!


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by Jamie Watson

Collection Development Coordinator

Baltimore County Public Library

A trip down the ocean is part of every Baltimore County resident's summer routine, but what's the point of going to the beach without a good book to read? Before you make your way to the beach this summer, swing by your local branch of the Baltimore County Public Library and get some great beachside entertainment, free of charge.

The newest Jack Reacher novel comes out in September, and the first Jack Reacher movie, starring the ubiquitous-this-summer Tom Cruise, will be out in December. If you’ve not read this thriller series, about a former military policeman, Killing Floor is his first, although you can jump into this series anywhere. Baltimore County Public Library has volumes of the series in print, large type, book on cd, Playaway, downloadable audiobook, e-book, and even one volume in Russian!

Another hot genre for summer escapes is paranormal romance. Melissa de la Cruz began her series, The Witches of East End,  last summer. Set in the Hamptons, it features two sisters and a mother who have been alive for hundreds of years, but are currently forbidden from practicing their magic – until now. The first volume ended on a cliffhanger, but never fear, Serpent’s Kiss, the follow-up, came out this summer.

Fiction written for teens remains hot, especially on the heels of The Hunger Games, but don’t write it off as “kids books.” Many of the hottest teen books can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. John Green’s The Fault in our Stars tells the story of two teenagers, Hazel and Gus, who are suffering from terminal cancer. All the tropes of a teen novel are here – growing up, life’s purpose, the opposite sex, friendship, your family, but at an accelerated speed – because unlike most teenagers, Hazel and Gus don’t think they’re going to live forever. This is one to read in an air-conditioned room, not the beach or pool, unless you’re ready to shed a few tears in public.

Finally, it’s almost Olympics time! It’s also the 20th anniversary of the Dream Team – the US Olympic basketball team made up of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley and more. Sports journalist Jack McCollum was “embedded” with the team from their inception to their Gold Medal, and he has lots of tales to tell!

None of these strike your fancy? Come check out Baltimore County Public Library’s newest blog, Between the CoversRecent posts on cozy mysteries, small-town romance, and even books for kids will have suggestions to keep the whole family busy for the rest of the summer!


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